Traffic chaos as storms batter district

The ford on the River Skell at Firs Avenue in Ripon is closed to vehicles as water levels reach 4ft. (S)
The ford on the River Skell at Firs Avenue in Ripon is closed to vehicles as water levels reach 4ft. (S)
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HIGH winds during continuing storms have caused traffic chaos across the Ripon area as vehicles and trees were blown over.

The strong gusts last night and this morning followed a torrential downpour on Monday night and Tuesday morning which left many roads flooded or covered in surface water, creating treacherous conditions for drivers.

During the high winds, several vehicles travelling on the A1 overturned on last night.

The first incident happened when a lorry travelling north was blown over near Leeming at 6.55pm.

Just over an hour later, at 8pm, another lorry travelling south near junction 47 at Allerton Park was blown over and ended up in a ditch. Because of the conditions at the time of the accident, recovery of the vehicle was left until today (Thursday) causing delays for rush hour motorists.

Shortly after that incident happened, a van was also blown over into a ditch on the south-bound carriageway, just after the Boroughbridge turn-off.

And there was a further accident near Boroughbridge at 11.10pm when another lorry, again travelling south, overturned in lane one leaving two people with superficial injuries including cuts to the face.

Other weather-related incidents in the area included a vehicle driving down High Street in Knaresborough which was hit by Christmas lights brought down by strong winds. The gusts also brought trees down across roads in Burton Leonard, Coneythorpe, and in Copgrove where a tree fell on a van being driven on Wath Lane. No-one was injured in this incident.